High-powered guns bought by a Mexican drug cartel at Houston-area stores and smuggled across the border for the syndicate’s bloody warfare have been traced to at least 55 killings in Mexico, including the deaths of police officers, civilians and gangsters, say federal agents quoted by the Houston Chronicle.
The tracking of firearms is the result of a four-month anti-cartel operation focused largely on Houston, which the federal government contends is the No. 1 spot in the United States for buying guns that later are used in underworld massacres and other crimes in Mexico. “As long as we are the cheapest, easiest place to buy guns, they’ll keep doing it,” said Dewey Webb, head of the Houston division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “These cartel armies want the best and newest available.” Deputy U.S. Attorney General David Ogden said ATF was able to investigate 700 requests from the Mexican government to trace the history of guns from crime scenes to their original purchasers in United States.